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Ravi Vasudevan

Film Studies
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies


Ravi Vasudevan studied modern history at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. He directs the CSDS media and urban studies programme Sarai with Ravi Sundaram. He is guest faculty in Film Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Vasudevan is editorial advisor to the film studies journals Screen, Cinema and Cie, and Reframe and co-founder/editor of the journal BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. He has curated and organised film screenings, lecture series and conferences, including The Many Lives of Indian Cinema, 1913-2013 and Beyond: Disciplines, Histories, Technologies, Futures (Sarai/CSDS January 2014) and the current Sarai Wager on Cinema series.

Research Interest

His publications include (ed.) Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (Delhi, OUP, 2000) and The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema (Ranikhet, Permanent Black, 2010, 2016). He is working on non-fiction film infrastructures, the film archives and questions of historiography; post-cinema media artefacts and political imaginaries; contemporary stardom and political discourse; and the dispersed urban imaginaries of contemporary cinema.


  • Official and Amateur: Exploring Information Film in India, 1920s-40s

  • Film Genres, the Muslim Social, and Discourses of Identity c. 1935-1945

  • Circulation, Adaptation, and Assemblage in Media History

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